Sep 9–12, 2019

Executive Briefing: An age of embeddings

Mayank Kejriwal (USC Information Sciences Institute)
4:50pm5:30pm Thursday, September 12, 2019
Location: LL21 A/B
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Level

Intermediate

Word embeddings first emerged as a revolutionary technique in natural language processing (NLP) in the last decade, allowing machines to read large reams of unlabeled text and automatically answer analogical questions such as, "What is to man as queen is to woman?" Modern embeddings leverage advances in deep neural networks to be effective. Following the success of word embeddings, there have been massive efforts in both academia and industry to embed all kinds of data, including images, speech, video, entire sentences, phrases and documents, structured data, and even computer programs. These piecemeal approaches are now starting to converge, drawing on a similar mix of techniques.

Mayank Kejriwal explores the ongoing movement that’s attempting to embed every conceivable kind of data, sometimes jointly, to build ever-more powerful predictive models. Mayank makes a business case for why you should care about embeddings and how you can position them as your organization’s secret sauce within a broader AI strategy.  

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience implementing or deploying real-world machine learning projects, especially using neural networks (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Learn what embeddings are and why they're so useful for predictive analytics
  • Discover how embeddings can bolster your organization's AI strategy
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Mayank Kejriwal

USC Information Sciences Institute

Mayank Kejriwal is a computer scientist at the USC Information Sciences Institute, where he conducts research on the IARPA HFC and DARPA LORELEI, CauseEx, D3M, and MEMEX projects, the latter of which has been covered by 60 Minutes, Forbes, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and Wired. He holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation, "Populating a Linked Data Entity Name System,” received the Best Dissertation Award by the Semantic Web Science Association in 2017. Mayank is currently coauthoring a textbook on knowledge graphs.

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